US Forest Service Headquarters - Washington, DC

Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Fellow

The U.S. Forest Service’s Washington Office-National Forest System is seeking a RA Fellow to work in the Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers (WWSR) programs at the agency’s headquarters office in Washington, DC. Working in the Washington Office, the National WWSR Fellow will have an opportunity to make important contributions and gain valuable experiences through collaboration will multiple interdisciplinary staff areas, agencies, and nongovernmental partners that are critical to the success of these two programs. With a focus on enhancing stewardship for over 36.6 million acres of Forest Service-managed wilderness and almost 5,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers across the nation, the WWSR national programs are run by a small but ambitious staff that coordinates local, regional, and national efforts across all levels of the Forest Service. Some of the tasks and goals are:

  • Work as a ‘Natural Resource Specialist’ at the GS-07 or GS-09 level, depending on education and previous experience
  • Work on coordinating on various initiatives, events, and materials tied to the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in 2018.  This anniversary also coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act, so combined efforts are underway that the fellow would engage on to highlight the importance of both legislative milestones and the rivers and trails protected and enhanced in the process
  • Outdoor/conservation education, climate change, webinars and events, national forest planning
  • Social media and outreach, policy and planning, research, administrative tasks, and data management related to WWSR program.
  • Travel to field units for 50th Anniversary events and community outreach activities.


  • Ability to multitask in a high-paced environment as part of several high functioning teams.
  • Knowledge of basic natural resource management
  • Skilled in verbal and written communication and Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and ESRI ArcGIS is a plus
  • Be a strong communicator, both as a writer and speaker; enjoys working with a variety of internal and external partners and community members
  • Interested in gaining exposure to national environmental policy and management issues
  • Last but not least, be passionate about community outreach, wild places and healthy rivers, and the mission of the Forest Service!


Housing stipend will be provided


The office is accessible by public transportation.